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Fence By-law (Pools)

If you are considering installing a swimming pool (this includes inflatable pools) please note that any pool which is capable of holding two (2) feet or more of water requires a building permit and needs to be protected by a fence or similar enclosure.

In the case of the installation of a hot tub, whirlpool or spa, a building permit is required. A fence is not required where the hot tub, whirlpool or spa is fitted with a lid or cover that complies with clauses 9.1 and 9.2 and 9.4 of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Standard F1346. Every person shall keep the lid or cover locked in place over the opening at all times when the hot tub, whirlpool or spa is not occupied, and no person shall leave a hot tub, whirlpool or spa without first locking the cover in place to prevent access when the structure is not occupied.

For further information please refer to the Fence By-law and Hot Tub By-law. Or contact the Building Department at 613-386-7351, extensions 127 or 128 and our Building Inspectors can assist you in determining the location of your pool/hot tub and provide you with important information regarding fencing.